Michael A. Clemens

Research Fellow

Center for Global Development

Michael Clemens is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies the economic effects and causes of migration around the world and directs the Program on Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy. He has published on migration, development, and impact evaluation, in peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Economic Review, and his research has been awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and World Development. He is the author of the book The Walls of Nations, forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Previously, Clemens has been an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Brazil, and Turkey. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University, specializing in economic development, public finance, and economic history.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9218
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2016, 37 (7), 1227-1248.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9000
published in: Journal of Economic Surveys, 2017, 31 (1), 326-342
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8592
published in: Robert E.B. Lucas, ed. (2014), International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development. London: Edward Elgar, Chap. 6, pp. 152–185.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7028
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 99 (3), 531-543
IZA Policy Paper No. 136
Michael A. Clemens, Hannah M. Postel
published in: Population and Development Review, 2018, 44 (4), 667-693